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The Mythic Imagination

With Dr. Sharon Blackie
Hosted by Susan Audrey

Join Dr. Sharon Blackie, writer, psychologist, mythologist, and founder of The Hedge School, as she focuses on the mythic imagination as a living principle — deeply enmeshed in our lives and the life of this beautiful, animate Earth. She'll explore the many ways in which myth and image can illuminate and inform our journeys through life and help us to more deeply connect with the world around us.

During this fascinating session, you'll discover:

  • Why working with the mythic imagination can help you live more fully, authentically & more deeply connected to the world around us
  • One of the most significant symbols in the Celtic mythic imagination — the Grail — & its relevance in today's challenging times 
  • Practical suggestions for activating the mythic imagination by working with myth & image
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Dr. Sharon Blackie

Writer, psychology & mythologist; founder of The Hedge School

Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction, a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies, and a psychologist who has specialized both in neuroscience and narrative. She is a leading teacher in the mythic imagination, and her unique approach to working with myth, fairy tales and folklore highlights the insights these traditions can offer us into authentic and meaningful ways of being which are founded on a deep sense of belonging to place, a rootedness in the land we inhabit. In early 2017 she founded The Hedge School: both an online space and a physical location in Connemara, for teachings in myth, wild mind and enchantment.

Sharon is the author of The Long Delirious Burning Blue, a novel which the Independent on Sunday called ‘hugely potent. A tribute to the art of storytelling that is itself an affecting and inspiring story’, and which The Scotsman called ‘powerful (reminiscent of The English Patient), filmic, and achieving the kind of symmetry that novels often aspire to, but rarely reach.’

Her word-of-mouth bestselling nonfiction book If Women Rose Rooted offers up a new Heroine’s Journey for this challenging age of social and ecological crisis, and was described by novelist Manda Scott as ‘mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense … an anthem for all we could be … an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times.’ If Women Rose Rooted was a 2016 Nautilus Book Award winner. Her latest nonfiction book, The Enchanted Life. was published in February 2018. She is now completing a collection of original fairy tales about shapeshifting women, Foxfire, Wolfskin, which will be published in autumn 2019, and a third nonfiction book is contracted for 2021.